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May 25, 2018, 6:00PM: The skies at night are big and bright ... in League City

Join us at the Rustic Oaks Park, 5101 Orange Blossom Ct. League City on Friday May 25—and/or Saturday 26 if the sky is not cooperating—from 6pm to 10:00 pm for a fun evening of amateur astronomy.

What: Star Party in League City featuring

  •  A  model of the solar system around 6:30pm
  • Telescope observation of the moon and stars, Jupiter after 9pm
  • Binocular astronomy demonstrations
  • Laptop display of various space and astronomy clips
  • Flyers describing the moon and its phases, the scale of the solar system, the major constellations and asterisms visible now, etc.

When: Friday May 25, 2018. Rain date: Saturday May 26
Where: Rustic Oaks Park, 5101 Orange Blossom Ct. League City, TX
Time: 6 – 10 pm
RSVP: to Dan Roy at danroy@stpp.com to let him know you’re bringing a telescope, helping with crowd control, or to let him know you’re coming to have fun!

June 05, 2018, 8:00PM: Cub Scout Twilight Camp

Event: Cub Scout Twilight Camp

Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7950 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77074)

When: Tuesday, June 5 from 8:00PM - 9:00PM

Number of volunteers needed: 4.

We’re going to be there with the cub scouts to help them learn more about the skies above, and they’ll be working towards earning a badge.  Email Outreach if you can help out!

June 20, 2018, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - Jun

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

June 21, 2018, 10:00AM: Solstice Star (Day) Party

Stargazing isn’t only a night time event. Join the Houston Astronomical Society on the longest day of the day of the year as the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. Equipment will be provided on site to safely enjoy daytime sky watching. Hang out afterward and enjoy lunch in the park. Feel free to bring your lunch or enjoy a tasty meal from the visiting food trucks.

Where: Midtown Park (2811 Travis St., Houston, TX 77006)

When: June 21, 2018, from 10am-12pm

Email Outreach if you would like to volunteer

June 21, 2018, 5:00PM: Solar Series Art Exhibition on the Summer Solstice

Join artist Lisa Hardcorn for an evening of Art and Science as her Solar Series artwork is unveiled coupled with a short talk on the solstice. 

Event: Solar Series Art Exhibition on the Summer Solstice

Where: Ascent at CityCentre (801 Town & Country Ln., Houston, TX 77024)

When: Thursday, June 21, from 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Number of volunteers needed: 2-3.  This event is for artist Lisa Hardcorn, who was going to have an event with us last year, but had to postpone due to tragic circumstances.  Anyone with a telescope capable of safely observing the sun is welcome, and if someone would llike to give a short talk about the solstice, it would be appreciated.

 

Email Outreach to volunteer!

June 27, 2018, 7:00PM: Lord of the Rings Star Party

Join the Houston Astronomical Society for a planet viewing event and a screening of the Lord of the Rings at Midtown Park.  Once it gets dark, we'll take a look at a few planets in the night sky. However, the real “star” this night will be Saturn, which will be at its closest to earth this year.

Date: Wednesday, 6/27/2018

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Midtown Park, 2811 Travis St., Houston, TX 77006

email Outreach to volunteer!

July 10, 2018, 7:00PM: Loaner Telescope Training

Loaner Telescope Novice training will happen at the Mendenhall Center (where the HAS December Christmas Party was held), 1414 Wirt Rd. To start at 7:00 to 8:30 PM. As you walk in, look at the room listing board to see which room this will be held in. This will be a hands on training for the basic tools; telescope parts, star charts, telrad operation and use, star hopping (by star chart), and newtonian telescope colimation. While the class will be restricted to only 10 members, those who wish to observe may do so as long as they do not interrupt. If you wish to be instructed please email me at allew@astronomyhouston.org to reserve your spot. The first 10 members to respond will be verified and contacted to confirm their spot in the class. Clear skies and dark nights.

July 18, 2018, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - Jul

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

July 20, 2018, 8:00PM: Second Baptist Chinese Exchange Student Star Party

Chinese foreign exchange students are visiting again this summer and we would like to show them the night sky. Viewing would be at Second Baptist Church, West Campus, North parking lot

Location: Second Baptist Church West Campus, 19449 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77094

 

August 04, 2018, 7:30PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and mosquito repellent and plenty of water, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:45-11:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the midnight light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

August 11, 2018, 2:00PM: Observatory Training

Club Members,

The Observatory Training Schedule for 2018 has been set. 

Training Dates: March 3rd, May 19th, Aug 11th, Oct 20th (rain dates will be the following weekend for each date.)

Training will be done on the use of the Observatory, F5 telescope, and the C14 on the listed dates at the Observatory building.  Separate training on “The Bob”, the RC Astroimaging system will be announced soon.  You must take the general training before you can register for the upcoming “Bob” training.

To be eligible for these training sessions the following requirements must be met.  They are specified in the Observatory Operator Guide.   You can request a copy of the Guide by sending an email request to the Observatory Director Chris Ober at chriso@astronomyhouston.org and a PDF copy will be mailed to you.

Prerequisite Requirements for students:

A.      Must be at least 16 years of age or older.

B.      Must be a Society member in good standing with all dues paid.

C.      Have full knowledge of all general site rules and have completed the general site orientation.

D.      Must have been a Society member for at least 6 months.

E.       Will be required to execute an observatory building use agreement which is a contract of limited liability covering all rules, regulations, and requirements governing the use of observatory building facilities. Members under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian execute the agreement on behalf of a minor user that is 16, or 17 years of age.

The training will start at 2:00 PM with teaching sessions, then after a break for dinner.  Students will return at sundown to demonstrate competence in these areas:

A.    Understanding of the burden of responsibility for the facility

B.    How to Document  "as found condition and as left condition" of the observatory

C.    Proper use of Startup and Shut down of the telescopes

D.    Use of emergency procedures

Each student should print and bring a copy of the Observatory Operators Guide with them to the class.

The classes are scheduled on or near a full moon to minimize the impact on the observing field.  The sessions will be conducted even with the cloudy skies; the backup dates will be utilized only in the event of or threat of rain on a primary night.  This would preclude the opening of the roof and training emergency procedures.

Your RSVP will be accepted on a first come basis as the training sessions are limited to six students per session.  More sessions can be added based on the need.

To reserve your spot please send an email request for training to our Observatory Director at chriso@astronomyhouston.org

HAS Observatory Committee

August 15, 2018, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - Aug

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

August 25, 2018, 11:00AM: Garden Villas Family Fun Day

This event is free and open to the public!

Event: Garden Villas Family Fun Day

Where: Garden Villas Community Center (6720 S Haywood Dr., Houston, TX 77061)

When: Saturday, August 25, from 11:00AM - 1:00PM

Number of volunteers needed: 4+. This will be an introduction to an astronomical experience for both children and parents. Most have never used a telescope.

Email Outreach if you can volunteer with us!

September 02, 2018, 7:00PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and mosquito repellent and plenty of water, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

7:45-8:45 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

8:45-9:15 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:15-11:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the midnight light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

September 19, 2018, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - Sep

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

October 09, 2018, 7:00PM: Loaner Telescope Training

Loaner Telescope Novice training will happen at the Mendenhall Center (where the HAS December Christmas Party was held), 1414 Wirt Rd. To start at 7:00 to 8:30 PM. As you walk in, look at the room listing board to see which room this will be held in. This will be a hands on training for the basic tools; telescope parts, star charts, telrad operation and use, star hopping (by star chart), and newtonian telescope colimation. While the class will be restricted to only 10 members, those who wish to observe may do so as long as they do not interrupt. If you wish to be instructed please email me at allew@astronomyhouston.org to reserve your spot. The first 10 members to respond will be verified and contacted to confirm their spot in the class. Clear skies and dark nights.

October 12, 2018, 8:30PM: Camp CLIFF Camp for All

On October 12th, more than 200 campers will be packed and ready for a fun weekend at Candlelighters Camp CLIFF at Camp for All. Camp CLIFF is a free weekend camp for children with cancer (ages 5-18) and their parents and siblings. This is a unique camp that includes the entire family, providing a weekend away from the stresses of childhood cancer.

Date: Friday, 10/12/2018

Time: 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Where:  Camp For All, 6301 Rehburg Road, Burton, TX 77835

October 17, 2018, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - Oct

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

October 20, 2018, 2:00PM: Observatory Training

Club Members,

The Observatory Training Schedule for 2018 has been set. 

Training Dates: March 3rd, May 19th, Aug 11th, Oct 20th (rain dates will be the following weekend for each date.)

Training will be done on the use of the Observatory, F5 telescope, and the C14 on the listed dates at the Observatory building.  Separate training on “The Bob”, the RC Astroimaging system will be announced soon.  You must take the general training before you can register for the upcoming “Bob” training.

To be eligible for these training sessions the following requirements must be met.  They are specified in the Observatory Operator Guide.   You can request a copy of the Guide by sending an email request to the Observatory Director Chris Ober at chriso@astronomyhouston.org and a PDF copy will be mailed to you.

Prerequisite Requirements for students:

A.      Must be at least 16 years of age or older.

B.      Must be a Society member in good standing with all dues paid.

C.      Have full knowledge of all general site rules and have completed the general site orientation.

D.      Must have been a Society member for at least 6 months.

E.       Will be required to execute an observatory building use agreement which is a contract of limited liability covering all rules, regulations, and requirements governing the use of observatory building facilities. Members under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian execute the agreement on behalf of a minor user that is 16, or 17 years of age.

The training will start at 2:00 PM with teaching sessions, then after a break for dinner.  Students will return at sundown to demonstrate competence in these areas:

A.    Understanding of the burden of responsibility for the facility

B.    How to Document  "as found condition and as left condition" of the observatory

C.    Proper use of Startup and Shut down of the telescopes

D.    Use of emergency procedures

Each student should print and bring a copy of the Observatory Operators Guide with them to the class.

The classes are scheduled on or near a full moon to minimize the impact on the observing field.  The sessions will be conducted even with the cloudy skies; the backup dates will be utilized only in the event of or threat of rain on a primary night.  This would preclude the opening of the roof and training emergency procedures.

Your RSVP will be accepted on a first come basis as the training sessions are limited to six students per session.  More sessions can be added based on the need.

To reserve your spot please send an email request for training to our Observatory Director at chriso@astronomyhouston.org

HAS Observatory Committee

November 21, 2018, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - Nov

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

December 01, 2018, 4:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothing, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

5:30-6:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

6:30-7:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

7:00-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 pm light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

December 19, 2018, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - Dec

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

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